holey

adjective
hol·ey | \ˈhō-lē \

Definition of holey 

: having holes

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This part happens fast, but the gist is that the holey boat founders next to a larger ship that’s sinking and spilling oil into the water. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Everything Harry Styles Does in Dunkirk," 17 July 2017 This weekend is your last chance to shop for holey sweaters ($350) and enamel heart logo pins ($95) at the MET x CDG Pocket Shop, which closes Monday with the Costume Institute exhibition. Alison S. Cohn, New York Times, "Where to Find Labor Day Weekend’s Best Sales," 30 Aug. 2017 Harry makes it out of the holey boat but lands right in the oil like one of those baby pelicans that has to get washed off with Dawn. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Everything Harry Styles Does in Dunkirk," 17 July 2017 Remember when someone turned their fingernails into holey slices of Swiss cheese and the internet was devastated by the grossness? Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Creepy Eyelash Picture Is Tearing the Internet Apart," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of holey

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holey

Middle English holly, holi, from hole, holle hole entry 1 + -i, -y -y entry 1

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holey

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of holey

: having holes

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